Lockheed Martin receives more RD-180 engines
Russian-built engines for Atlas 3
LOCKHEED MARTIN NEWS RELEASE
Posted: Jan. 20, 2000
Lockheed Martin Astronautics has announced the arrival of three more RD-180 Russian-built engines at its Waterton Facility near Denver, Colo. The engines will be readied for assembly on Atlas 3 boosters. The RD-180 engine system will be used to power Lockheed Martin's Atlas 3 boosters as well as the company's next-generation Atlas 5 rockets.
"We inspected all three engine containers on Jan. 3 and they are in good condition. The RD-180 engines are world-class propulsion systems and that's why we chose them for our next-generation Atlas boosters," said John C. Karas, vice president of Astronautics' EELV/Atlas 5 program.
These are the second, third and fourth RD-180 flight engines delivered to Lockheed Martin by RD AMROSS, which produces the engines exclusively for Lockheed Martin's Atlas 3 and Atlas 5 launch vehicles. Before shipment from Khimky, each engine is test fired for 200 seconds at 5 different thrust levels to ensure the engines are ready. In addition, the engines are given commands that represent conditions that will be seen in flight.
"We are very pleased to make these engine deliveries and appreciate Lockheed Martin's commitment to the RD-180. We are looking forward to providing continued support to Lockheed Martin for the Atlas 3/Atlas 5 vehicles and a successful first flight this year," said Robert Monaco, president of RD AMROSS.
The RD-180 engines arrived in containers onboard an Aeroflot IL 76 aircraft, which is similar to a U.S. C-141. Final receiving inspection will occur in the near term. Each steel container is approximately 15 feet long by 12 feet wide by 10 feet tall, with a total weight (container and engine) of approximately 20,000 lbs. Each RD-180 engine weighs approximately 12,000 lbs.
With one of the industry's longest running mission success strings, Atlas/Centaur rockets have flown a total of 46 consecutive successful missions - a string that began back in 1993.
Astronautics is an operating unit of Lockheed Martin's Space Systems headquartered in Bethesda, Md. Astronautics designs, develops, tests and manufactures a variety of advanced technology systems for space and defense. Chief products include interplanetary spacecraft and other space systems, space launch systems and ground systems.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services. Employing more than 160,000 people worldwide, Lockheed Martin had 1998 sales surpassing $26 billion.
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